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Savannah Guthrie

To Take Ann Curry's Chair

TOMORROW

6/28/2012 4:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ann Curry
's chair isn't even cold yet ... but "Today" producers have already lined up a new ass to fill it for tomorrow's show ... and it belongs to Savannah Guthrie -- the woman who will replace Curry.

NBC sources tell us, Savannah will be anchoring with Matt Lauer Friday ... and it's "likely" they will formally announce the big switch during the show.

We're told the reason it's likely is because Matt is on vacation all next week for the holiday -- and the network wants to announce his new co-host while he's still around ... to show a united front.

TMZ broke the story ... Ann would be getting the chop after Matt made it clear he didn't want to work with her anymore. The declining ratings at "Today" didn't help.

After Ann's emotional exit announcement on Thursday's show, sources say she was in no mood to talk ... and kept quiet by herself in the studio until it was time to leave.

During exit negotiations, Ann had previously demanded the remaining $20 million of her co-hosting contract -- but NBC didn't want to pay her that kinda cash. It's unclear what kind of payout Ann will get, but our sources say NBC offered $10 mil.

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1.

thestupid    

She is attractive and intelligent. Im game!

847 days ago
2.

Meggie24    

Matt's an ass, Ann's all class. Savannah - we'll see.

847 days ago
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Kari    

Keep Ann--get rid of Matt.

847 days ago
4.

writenow    

Harvery, "a new ass in the chair" is no way to speak about women. Please calm your misogynistic writers.

847 days ago
5.

Sam    

Savannah does not have the personality. Natalie Morales would have been a better choice!!!! They are just making it worse!

847 days ago
6.

I LOVE MY NIPPLES    

Ann's hair would look SO much better if she got extensions!!!

847 days ago
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Stiletto    

Well...Anne wouldn't swallow, so if Guthrie wants to stick around more than a year...she better hold her nose and give Lauer what he wants.

847 days ago
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just my opinion    

i'm going to good morning america from now on. samantha is no slouch but she is not curry and i don't like the way the whole situation was handled. a woman who was with the today show for 15 yrs treated like that? kathie lee and hoda spent all of 30 seconds expressing their sorrow...no one cares, i get it...it's all business but im outta there. hello, ABC.

847 days ago
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THIN LIZZY    

Matt's career is over. He is now known as a douche. This is the best thing to happen to Ann, she's gonna get some serious mileage out of this.

847 days ago
10.

sidithers    

Matt is a pinhead
And his bosses are boneheads

847 days ago
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Majestik    

What are they going to do when the ratings drop even more with this lady? Will they finally figure out it JUST MIGHT be Lauer people don't want to see?

847 days ago
12.

Kabala    

I hope this bites NBC in the ass.

847 days ago
13.

priceless    

how humiliating and tacky that Ann had to find out she was getting booted from the media.

847 days ago
14.

Phreaky    

Why is this such a big deal - WHO CARES? Who watches this sht anyway... housewives?

847 days ago
15.

Grandma    

Well we know its not matts fault as he has been in the chair to long. When that ann girl took a chair next to matt alot of people couldnt stand it and went to GMA.

847 days ago
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